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[The Millions] Best Translated Book Awards Names 2020 Longlists
In its 13th year of honoring literature in translation, the Best Translated Book Awards named its 2020 longlists for fiction and poetry. Announced exclusively here at The Millions, the BTBA longlists feature a diverse group of authors and translators from a variety of publishers, both large and

[Book Forum] Substack offers $100,000 in grants to writers; Samantha Irby on who she wants to read her book
Wow, No Thank You author Samantha Irby tells /lithub.com/samantha-irby-absolutely-does-not-want-michelle-obama-to-read-her-book/> Literary Hub about late night writing, Gone Girl, and who she wants to

[The Millions] Nineteenth-Century Female Fiends
At JSTOR Daily, Erin Blakemore takes a look at a small publishing trend from the 1840s and 1850s that followed female murderers and gave middle-class women a brief escape from Victorian values. Literary scholar Dawn Keetley studied the “relatively unknown literary form” extensively.

[The Millions] April Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
We wouldn’t dream of abandoning our vast semi–annual Most Anticipated Book Previews, but we thought a monthly reminder would be helpful (and give us a chance to note titles we missed the first time around). Here’s what we’re looking out for this month. Let us know what you’re looking

[Book Forum] International Booker Prize shortlist announced; PEN America relaunches Writers’ Emergency Fund
The International Booker Prize shortlist /www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/02/international-booker-prize-shortlist-led-by-28-year-olds-debut> was released this morning. Nominees include Marieke Lucas

[Salon Books] In "Broken Faith," investigative journalists dig into the secretive Word of Faith Fellowship church
Journalists Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr spoke to Salon about their book on the controversial enigmatic church

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: April 2020
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing this month. Deluge by Leila Chatti A stunning debut. Chatti enters the Marian tradition of literature with fury, joining Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine as recent works that offer new theory and theology toward the literary Mary. In this God-teeming

[Book Forum] Min Jin Lee on George Eliot; What our quarantine reading says about us
On But That’s Another Story, Will Schwalbe talks to /lithub.com/min-jin-lee-on-loan-words-and-george-eliots-wisdom/> Min Jin Lee about growing up in Queens, how George Eliot inspired her writing, and

[The Millions] Sheila Heti on Tove Jansson
At The New Yorker, Sheila Heti takes a closer look at Tove Jansson, who was best known for creating Moomin, but went on to write fiction that wrestled with love and the idea of happiness. “Love, for her, is premised on a delicate balance between the reliable presence of another person and the

[Salon Books] How to un-rig an election: In "Slay the Dragon," citizens fight back against gerrymandering
Salon talks to filmmaker Barak Goodman and "Ratf**ked" author David Daley about the new doc "Slay the Dragon"

[Salon Books] How society makes it difficult for women to enjoy sex
Journalist Katherine Rowland investigates our culture's troubled relationship with women's sexual pleasure

[Book Forum] Cheryl Strayed's New Podcast Seeks Calm Voices in Uncertain Times
Actor and writer Patricia Bosworth /www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/books/patricia-bosworth-dead-virus.html> has died from complications caused by the coronavirus. She was eighty-six. Her books include the

[Guardian Books Blog] My favourite book as a kid: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
Kicking off a series where writers revisit the book they loved most as a child, Sam Leith returns to a ‘sinister’ classic‘Say! In the dark? Here in the dark? Would you, could you, in the dark?” Dr Seuss’s masterpiece – among his many masterpieces – is Green Eggs and Ham. It transfixed

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: March 2020
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[The Millions] Valeria Luiselli on Writing Through the Pandemic
After her latest novel, Lost Children Archive, won the British Rathbone Folio Prize, Valeria Luiselli spoke to Claudia Torrens at AP News about the importance of artists continuing to write during this uncertain time. “I think it is my duty, and the duty of every writer,” she says,

[Guardian Books Blog] Our new lockdown game: judging famous people by their bookshelves
From the Duchess of Cambridge’s canonical classics to Jon Snow’s eclectic collection, social isolation has opened a window on celebrity librariesLockdown Britain has added a new dimension to one of readers’ favourite games: nosing around other people’s shelves. With broadcasters and

[Book Forum] “The way we’re counting value these days, it all goes away very fast.”
One of the most striking, important, and unique features of Malcolm Harris’s work is the way in which he integrates a profound understanding of Marx’s critique of political economy into his analyses

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Alvarez, Zhang, Scanlan, Lepucki, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Julia Alvarez, C Pam Zhang, Kathryn Scanlan, our own Edan Lepucki, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: Nina Stibbe's Reasons to be Cheerful is our book for April
The Love, Nina author’s novel about a 18-year-old who moves above a dental surgery to escape her mother is set to raise laughs this month – do join inNina Stibbe’s Reasons to be Cheerful has come out of the hat and will be the subject of this month’s reading group. We asked for a book to

[Salon Books] Cult expert Steven Hassan: Trump's "mind control cult" now faces an existential crisis
Author of "The Cult of Trump" explains how the president has trained his followers to believe no one but him

[Book Forum] Chloe Aridjis wins PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; Frank B. Wilderson III on writing Afropessimism
This month, The Atlantic has set a new traffic record /www.niemanlab.org/2020/04/for-its-must-read-coronavirus-coverage-the-atlantic-is-rewarded-with-a-huge-surge-of-digital-subscriptions/> for their

[The Millions] ‘Starling Days’: Featured Fiction from Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
In today’s edition of featured fiction—curated by our own Carolyn Quimby—we present an excerpt from Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, out today from The Overlook Press. Publishers Weekly called the book a “bleak and eloquent novel,” adding that “Readers willing to

[Salon Books] Recommended reading for April: New must-read books to liven up long shutdown days
New novels by Julia Alvarez and Emily Gould are joined by two exciting debuts and a compelling story collection

[Salon Books] Mystery illnesses are on the rise with women, whom doctors are dismissing as "nervous Nellies"
"The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness" author on the only recourse for ailing women who are being ignored

[Guardian Books Blog] My favourite book as a kid: Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
Dating from long before Harry Potter, this story of young magicians’ adventures still enchantsI’ve actually reread Diana Wynne Jones’s Charmed Life twice in recent months: once, to check it was about the right level to read aloud to my kids, who are nine and six. It was, so then I read it to

[The Millions] The Millions Least Anticipated: Post-Coronavirus Fiction
For nearly four weeks now, I’ve been practicing social distancing with my husband, our three kids, and one geriatric dog who can’t hold his bladder. When I’m not homeschooling or making beans or wiping up dog urine, I’ve thought a lot about what kind of art will come out of this crisis.

[Book Forum] Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist announced; Annie Ernaux on being alone
The shortlist /www.swansea.ac.uk/press-office/news-events/news/2020/04/debut-poets-dominate-the-shortlist-for-the-15th-anniversary-of-the-swansea-university-dylan-thomas-prize-.php> for the 2020 Dylan

[The Millions] Emily St. John Mandel on the Cyclical Nature of Pandemics
In the Guardian, our own Emily St. John Mandel talks to Hannah Beckerman about her latest novel, The Glass Hotel, as well as her novel from 2014, Station Eleven. When asked if the latter seems “worryingly prescient” now, she responded, “It doesn’t, but only because I read so

[Book Forum] Literary Devices
Reading at home can’t replace the sense of community and connection offered at your local bookstore, but virtual book clubs, talks, and classes may help fill the void. Independent booksellers and

[The Millions] The Necessary Staying Put: Beckett and Social Distancing
After reading a witty reimagining of famous first lines rewritten for social distancing, it occurred to me that one really wouldn’t have to tweak much with Samuel Beckett’s oeuvre. (Though the meeting with Godot, alas, might have to be postponed.) Beckett doesn’t necessarily offer solace in

[Guardian Books Blog] From Harry Potter at Home to the National Shelf Service: bookish fun for the lockdown
An updating list of online treats from bibliophiles including JK Rowling, Simon Armitage and Lynda La Plante to entertain locked-down children and adults • The best arts and entertainment during self-isolationGruffalo artist Axel Scheffler has put out a free new picture book explaining the

[Book Forum] Nadxieli Nieto joins Flatiron as editor at large; Morgan Jerkins on social distancing and touch
Nadxieli Nieto is joining /www.publishersweekly.com/pw/newsbrief/index.html?record=2663> Flatiron as an editor at large. Formerly the PEN America literary awards program director, Nieto will focus on

[Guardian Books Blog] My favourite book as a kid – Tintin: The Shooting Star by Hergé
Despite some dodgy politics, this is an ingenious riff on international rivalry and has an inspiring friendship at its coreThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationAs a kid I read two kinds of books: cheap, paperback science fiction novels with covers festooned with spaceships and

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Poems to See By’
Published to mark the celebration of National Poetry Month, Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry by Julian Peters offers a series of delightful, often moving visual recreations of classic poems using a variety of visual styles. Among the poets whose works are recreated in this

[Book Forum] 2020 Guggenheim Fellows announced; Eugene Lim on the cognitive dissonance of technology
This year’s Guggenheim Fellows were announced /www.gf.org/fellows/current/> yesterday. Literary Hub has a list of all the writers /lithub.com/here-are-the-literary-guggenheim-fellows-of-2020/> who

[The Millions] Remembering Tomie dePaola
For The New Yorker, Naomi Fry reflects on celebrated children’s writer and illustrator Tomie dePaola, who died at the end of March. As the author of more than 270 works for children, dePaola leaves behind a sprawling legacy. “The universe of dePaola’s books is moral but not

[Salon Books] Betsey Johnson also has a low-key, private side: "I'm too much for myself to live up to"
Salon talks to the iconic fashion designer who, at 77, is still cartwheeling through life

[Book Forum] The Return of the New York Ghost
After more than a decade of silence, the New York Ghost /nyghost.blogspot.com/>--the literary newsletter created by novelist Ed Park--has reappeared with a new issue, featuring original work by Ling

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Can I fight the power? by Kev Inn
An internal dialogue wrestles with the question of how to contend with undeclared racismCan I fight the power?A meditation on ‘post-raciality’ Continue reading...

[The Millions] Whose Afraid of Poetry in America?
Poetry and America have rarely been seen as the likeliest of bedfellows. In fact, the nature and stature  of poetry in the United States of America has been questioned pretty much since the latter first existed. In his book Democracy in America, published in two volumes in 1835 and 1840,

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[The Millions] A Lost Tale from Frances Hodgson Burnett
Frances Hodgson Burnett is best known for children’s classics like The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy, but a new anthology of lost stories reveals her “weird” side. At the Guardian, Alison Flood writes about “The Christmas in the Fog,” an eerie story set on a

[Salon Books] Michael Arceneaux doesn’t want you to die poor
"We live in a society that will let us wither and die the minute we miss like two checks and can't pay a bill"

[Book Forum] “I want to hear the really ugly parts, too”
Chelsea Bieker grew up in California’s Central Valley, where agriculture and survival are intertwined, a landscape that leaves its mark on her debut novel, Godshot. Fourteen-year-old Lacey May lives

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring O’Connell, Gould, Doty, Hershon, Jiles, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of our own Mark O’Connell, Emily Gould, Mark Doty, Joanna Hershon, Paulette Jiles, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[Guardian Books Blog] Reasons to Be Cheerful delivers laughs with real tenderness
From the dentist tackling his own teeth to the teens discovering a new form of contraception, Nina Stibbe’s characters are ridiculously touchingWhen Nina Stibbe’s Reasons to Be Cheerful won last year’s Wodehouse Bollinger prize for comic fiction, the judges explained that it was because it

[Book Forum] Poets & Writers starts emergency assistance fund; Wendy Liu on the importance of radical politics
Poets & Writers has created /www.pw.org/content/poets_writers_covid19_relief_fund> a COVID-19 Relief Fund to offer emergency assistance to writers affected by the pandemic. The first round of funding

[The Millions] Grand Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Millions Interviews David Moloney
David Moloney’s Barker House—a novel-in-stories that is propulsive, brilliantly funny, and both generous and precise in its descriptions of rough-around-the-edges correctional officers employed at a for-profit prison—is the equivalent of an album full of singles. Every story in Moloney’s

[Salon Books] Give up on that sourdough and embrace the tao of "I Hate to Cook"
Take a page from Peg Bracken, the 1960s pioneer who made it okay to loathe the stove


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